DAWN's Not Above That on vinyl, backed with a Deadboy remix.
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DAWN, aka Dawn Richard, releases her first single of 2016 and a taste of one of the year’s most anticipated albums.
DAWN has been one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters since 2004, first as a member of Danity Kane and then as part of Dirty Money with Diddy and Kalenna Harper, releasing the classic Last Train to Paris. However, it’s as a solo artist that she’s really soared.
Across two self-released albums and several EPs, DAWN has honed a style of music that she describes as “genderless, colourless and genreless”, as connected to boundary-less world-building and future-focused electronic music as the pop innovations of Missy Elliott and Aaliyah.
DAWN’s last album Blackheart was ranked as one of 2015’s best albums by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, FACT, LA Times, Spin, Rap Up and many more. Her music videos and visual style are also second to none, with outfits and choreography reflecting “the marriage between music and the body” that is so vital to her music.
‘Not Above That’ is the first single from REDEMPTION, DAWN’s third solo album and the final part of a trilogy (with GoldenHeart and Blackheart). Produced by Machinedrum and written by DAWN and Maya Vik, it reflects the more up-tempo vibe of DAWN’s Red Era but is packed with late night longing and subtle emotion.
released March 9, 2016
• Written by DAWN & Maya Vik
• Produced by Machinedrum
• Mixed and mastered by Derek Bergheimer
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